The Mount View Chamber Singers of Mount View High School in Thorndike begin their annual Carols in the Round holiday concert tour Thanksgiving weekend and will be performing all around the area until a few days before Christmas. Admission to the concerts is free, although donations for tour expenses are welcome.

Performances will be Saturday, Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. at Riverside Congregational Church, Vassalboro; Sunday, Nov. 27 at 4 p.m. at Hampden Highlands United Methodist Church, and 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Waterville; Monday, Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. at Searsport Congregational Church; Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. at the Church of Universal Fellowship, Orono; Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Church, Newcastle; Thursday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. at First Church UCC, Belfast; Friday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, Calais; Saturday, Dec. 3 at the Franklin Street United Methodist Church, Bucksport; Sunday, Dec. 4 at 4 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church and 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, Bangor; Monday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. at Chestnut Street Baptist Church, Camden; Wednesday, Dec. 7 at Sacred Heart Church, Hallowell; Thursday, Dec. 8 at Safe Harbor Church, Searsport; Saturday, Dec. 10 at 4 p.m. at Camden’s John Street United Methodist Church and 7 p.m. at Stockton Community Church; Sunday, Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. at 4 p.m. at Hammond Street Congregational Church, Bangor, and 7 p.m. at Kennebec Valley Baptist Church, Waterville; Monday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Augusta; Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. at St. Denis Catholic Church, Whitefield; Thursday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. at Stillwater Federated Church; Friday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. at Freedom Congregational Church; Saturday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. at United Methodist Church, Belfast; Sunday, Dec. 18 at 4 p.m. at Lincolnville United Christian Church, Lincolnville Center, and 7 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Belfast; and finally Thursday, Dec. 22 at 7 p.m. at Mount View’s own Clifford Performing Arts Center.

The tour gets its name from its unusual format. Students in the four voice parts surround the audience on all four sides as they sing a cappella holiday music. The singers, using candles to illuminate their music, slowly shift around the room during the course of a concert.

The Mount View Chamber Singers are directed by David Stevenson and have enjoyed the privilege of traveling and presenting their music to many people and many cultures. Funding for tours is raised in part from the sales from the CDs recorded by the group. Another significant source of income is donations.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to